2018-2019 Hunt Permits On Sale 4/2/18

2018-19 Hunting permit sales start April 2nd, 2018. Current hunt permits (2017-18) valid until March 31st.

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What's Happening

Spring is in the Air

February Sunset at the Wallkill River NWR

Look and listen in the evening sky for the "Timber-doodle". One of the sure signs of spring at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is the return of the American Woodcock, one of eastern North America's most fascinating birds. The refuge serves as a breeding ground for this wonderful bird, whose unique courtship performance has long made it a favorite of bird watchers. Woodcocks begin arriving at the refuge in mid-March. In their concerted efforts to attract females, male woodcocks put on a display consisting of a 60 second courtship flight followed by a ground display during which the male utters a series of nasal "peents". One of the best places on the refuge for viewing is Kelly Road. Park at the Timberdoodle Parking Lot and walk along the road at dusk looking north over the fields. Bring binoculars if possible.

New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winter Raptor Event

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.

Events Calendar

Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: pres@friendsofwallkillriver.org


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS